Some of the most senior women in European financial services gathered together at Financial News‘ headquarters last night for a dinner to mark FN’s 100 Most Influential Women in Finance 2022.

The FN100 Women list has been published annually since 2007 as a way to recognise the achievements of female leaders in the male-dominated finance sector.

The 2022 edition, published in October, came amid another time of uncertainty for the industry, as it continues to face the effects of war in Ukraine alongside rising inflation and interest rates.

However, the women on the list have continued to grow their businesses despite the macroeconomic and geopolitical turmoil.

More than 10% of the leaders on this year’s list work in alternatives, including hedge funds and infrastructure. Lawyers also made up more than a tenth of the list, after a wave of promotions saw women rise to senior positions.

Shruti Tripathi Chopra, editor in chief of FN and Private Equity News, spoke to the progress made on gender equality, but also on the work still to do.

“I still can’t believe some of the stories I read and hear about difficulties women face in the finance sector,” she said, adding that the women on the list are an inspiration.

Rebecca Achieng Ajulu-Bushell, the first Black woman to swim for team Great Britain and now chief executive of 10,000 Black Interns, gave the keynote speech, in which she reflected on challenges she faced as a young, mixed-race woman, and challenged the executives in the room to stand up for what they believe in.

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